Ready for yet another year of awesome freestyle football action? Red Bull Street Style 2021 will once again feature the world’s very best players from all corners of the globe battling it out to be crowned champion.
Expect a few changes of how the tournament will look this year including the route the players may have to endure in order to qualify for the Red Bull Street Style World Finals later this year on November 20th .
Rest assured though, the level and intensity of the competition remains sky high. Both the male and female competitors will be displaying skills that would even make Ronaldinho’s jaw drop as we separate the best from the rest this year.
So here’s how the 2021 edition of the iconic competition is going to look:
This year, some countries will be hosting their national championships through an online format carried out through the WFFA app. This is going to enable simultaneous events and battles to take place as well as keep things super simple and organised so everyone is kept up to date. The women will have their very own online qualifier happening too.
It’s also going to be utilising a brand new tournament format that will enable players to have 12 hours to respond to rounds and carefully craft each set online before hand, more details of this you can find in the Follow The Action section.
For those nations where the participants are very low (less than 10 and live event isn’t possible), these will be grouped together to take part head to head in the “Rest of the World” category.
There’s a fantastic list of judges this year, including Kala (Poland), Pedro Soares (Brazil) Lotar (Poland), Memo Vaz (Mexico), Jordy (Australia) and Kvartam (Hungary) to name just a few for the freestyle community. They will be rotated and spread around the national qualifiers and will be judging on the usual WFFA criteria. (You can find more on this and the rules in the Follow the Action section).
Winners of national championships plus the top 4 from the Rest of the World category will go onto represent their country in the next stage: The Battle Pools. This part would usually be live in a location but will be online this year.
From the Battle Pool it will then narrow down eventually to our top 16 males and top 8 females to battle it out at the Red Bull Street Style World finals on November 20th.
Last year everything was totally online for the World Finals but as things stand we are looking to secure a venue in a beautiful European city for the finals to take place live. We’re pleased to announce Ibis Budget Hotels are officially onboard as a partner for this year’s tournament too.
You can find more info in the Calendar section too to help show when each respective nation will be starting their qualifiers, regardless of live event or online through the app. First ones are kicking off in May!
With a total of 61 countries participating, (and that’s not even including The Rest of the World nations)), the reach of this year’s competition is not to be underestimated. It will be a true test of the communication grid of the WFFA and country leaders to make this the best it can possibly be and provide regular updates for everybody.
Be sure to check the website regularly for more updates and be following Red Bull Street Style on all socials.